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October 2006

  • 6th October 2006

    Activists urge action against homophobia amid school violence

    Bullying reportedly contributed to at least one of the recent school attacks and has played a part in many of the nation's most tragic episodes of school violence

    12:00 AM — White House officials participating in a conference on school violence next week must address bullying and name-calling, a gay rights organisation has warned.The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) applauded the White House yesterday for recognising that a summit is needed to address the recent rash of school attacks and says it hopes next week's conference will place an emphasis on preventing school violence through programmes that reduce bullying and harassment, which statistics show are a serious problem in schools.

  • California rejects gay marriage

    This latest defeat, following similar rulings in New York and Washington, supports California's 1977 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — A California appeals court has dealt gay marriage supporters a severe blow after upholding the state's ban on same-sex marriages with a 2-1 vote.This latest defeat, following similar rulings in New York and Washington, supports California's 1977 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

  • 5th October 2006

    Mayor’s gay party slur suspension quashed

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone leading this year's EuroPride march

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone has had his four-week suspension from office overturned after appealing the decision this week.Mr Livingstone had been suspended from office for a month last February after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard, but the mayor has today successfully challenged the decision of the Standards Board for England arguing he was not on official duty when the comments were made.

  • Coach fined for homophobic remarks

    The fine came after a Croatian gay group complained about the remarks

    12:00 AM — A football manager has been fined by UEFA for homophobic comments made two years ago.Otto Baric, head coach of the Albanian national team has been fined 5000EUROS (£3374) by the European football governing body over comments he made in the past about gay players.Mr Baric, 71, said in an interview with Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List, "I would not let a player of mine be homosexual, nor allow one to work with me."

  • Cameron criticised for lack of gay action 6

    David Cameron has aimed to modernise his party since becoming leader, this has included targeting more gay and lesbian candidates and shedding its previously homophobic image

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has warned the gay community against immediately trusting the Conservative's pro-gay image.Tory leader David Cameron used this week's party conference in Bournemouth to praise civil partnerships and stopping homophobic lyrics in music, but Mr Cashman claims Mr Cameron should be judged on his actions rather than his words.

  • Bournemouth, Boris and Tory bumbling 6

    The new Conservative logo, but does represent a different party?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has spent the last three weeks eagerly following political party conferences. The season finished off this week with the Conservatives swarming on Bournemouth beach and even attempting to talk about policy. Tony Grew reports on the Tory gathering.Too busy to spend hours watching the Tory party conference? Don't worry, you didn't miss much. The conference was quite boring compared to the LibDem and Labour conference fights about leadership.

  • Campaigners ponder ways to stop homophobia 1

    Last month the Boston Clipper held a memorial event under the name Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia to remember Mr Fardon, the success of that event and recent murder of Mr Bryan has spurred campaigners on to launch this new scheme

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are considering setting up a charity to campaign against homophobia through encouraging law changes, staff training and fundraising concerts.The organisation, Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia, is being set up in reaction to a spate of murders in the gay community in the last year including Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common, Michael Fardon in Northampton and most recently 67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a block of flats in Portsmouth last month.

  • Email scandal grows after Foley comes out 3

    A republican email sex scandal has taken a new turn after Mark Foley who resigned from the US Congress last week amid reports that he sent inappropriate messages to teenage congressional pages revealed he is gay

    12:00 AM — A republican email sex scandal has taken a new turn after Mark Foley who resigned from the US Congress last week amid reports that he sent inappropriate messages to teenage congressional pages revealed he is gay.His revelation has brought House Republican leaders into the spotlight amid claims that some knew about his sexual orientation but refused to investigate so not to sound bigoted.

  • Tory councillor in hot water over gay animal jibe 6

    David Clutterbuck a 72-year old Conservative councillor at Bournemouth Borough Council has infuriated local political opponents by suggesting that a modern day Noah's Ark would have to allow gay animals on board

    12:00 AM — While the Conservative Party conference in Bournemouth applauded leader David Cameron for backing gay unions it seems further down the road one Tory councillor missed the message.David Clutterbuck a 72-year old Conservative councillor at Bournemouth Borough Council has infuriated local political opponents by suggesting that a modern day Noah's Ark would have to allow gay animals on board.

  • Polish Ministry will ”not support cooperation of homosexuals organisations” 1

    The policy of the Polish ministry ''is not to support cooperation of homosexuals organisations.“

    12:00 AM — The Polish Ministry has rejected a youth proposal from Polish LGBT organisation Campaign Against Homophobia with the words ''the Ministry does not support actions that aim to propagate homosexual behaviour and such attitude among young people.''This decision violates article 13 of the Amsterdam treaty, which explicitly forbids the discrimination of sexual minorities in the European Union.

  • Trans doctor investigated 3

    Dr Russell Reid, a consultant psychiatrist at Charing Cross gender identity clinic specialising in transgender and gender reassignment issues is accused of prescribing sex-change treatment for some transgender patients too quickly

    12:00 AM — A transgender activist has voiced support for a sex change doctor being investigated by the General Medical Council over allegations of professional misconduct.Dr Russell Reid, a consultant psychiatrist at Charing Cross gender identity clinic specialising in transgender and gender reassignment issues is accused of prescribing sex-change treatment for some transgender patients too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • 4th October 2006

    Buju Banton responds to gay protesters with two words: “F**k them.” 3

    Despite continuing protests, Banton is unrepentant, insisting that gay rights groups won't let him get on with his life. The media, he says, is making too much of a 'handful' of protesters' actions

    12:00 AM — Controversial reggae singer Buju Banton has spoken out against his gay protesters with two simple words: "F**k them."The backlash came in an interview with American music site Billboard.com, who asked the singer about his cancelled concerts around the world due to protests."I have never bashed any gays before, and if I bashed gays, I bashed them 16 years ago," said Banton. "There's no tolerance from [the gay community]. I'm not a gay-basher. I'm not a homophobe."

  • Debate over controversial gay police ad. 9

    The advert, which everyone appears to have an opinion on, was displayed earlier this summer in the Independent at the time of  London Europride.

    12:00 AM — The Gay Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a panel discussion entitled 'Religious rights vs Gay rights: Should the Gay Police Association (GPA) be prosecuted for inciting religious hatred?'Last week the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to prosecute the GPA following their advert which linked religious belief to homophobic incidents.

  • Gaydar set to be ‘official’ method of hate crime reporting for Brighton Police. 2

    PCSO Sarah Stanbridge, LGBT Community Police Liaison Offier who masterminded the Brighton Gaydar scheme

    12:00 AM — Sussex Police are considering making Gaydar another official line of communication between themselves and the LGBT community.The move comes as officers report that the Gaydar initiative, a pilot scheme aiming to make it easy for people to report hate crime online, has been a success.

  • A gay old time 1

    Last weekend was gay day at Alton Towers

    12:00 AM — Last September Gaydar and the Tussauds Group teamed up to launch gay days at Thorpe Park and Alton Towers, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovered why events like this are vital."F**king freaks" was the endorsement one visitor to Alton Towers gave last weekend as we sat in the monorail carriage with a family who wouldn't look out of place on Neighbours from Hell, returning to our hotel after a day of roller coasters, chocolate factories, ghost trains and farm yard animals.

  • Mercosur countries fighting homophobia

    The Spanish version of the “Brazil without Homophobia” Programme was also launched at the meeting.

    12:00 AM — Ten South American Nations have expressed approval and agreed to action with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity being included within the human rights agenda.The sexual orientation acknowledgment was part of a Mercosur meeting held in Brasilia at the end of August.

  • Shelter seeks to end bad housing for next generation

    Shelter is looking to stamp out homelessness for the next generation

    12:00 AM — Homeless awareness charity Shelter has launched a campaign to help children affected by poor housing.The million children campaign aims to end bad housing for the next generation under the slogan 'Not all evictees get to meet Davina,' highlighting the fact that real life eviction is not entertaining.

  • Philippines under pressure to end gay discrimination 1

    Amnesty reveal that “masculinity tests“ or other arbitrary tests have been used to separate possible LGBT students during the admissions process to some schools.

    12:00 AM — Amnesty International has launched a global campaign calling upon the Philippine government to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.The campaign sees amnesty members from around the world joining forces with the lesbian and gay legislative advocacy network Philippines (LAGABLAB-Pilipinas).

  • Brighton celebrates 600th Civil Parnership

    Bruce Gibson, 52 and Nas Badshah, 45, became the 600th couple to register their partnership in Brighton

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove is officially the most popular place in the country to host civil partnership ceremonies after the 600th ceremony was conducted over the weekend.On Saturday, 30th September Bruce Gibson, 52 and Nas Badshah, 45 became the 600th couple to register their partnership.

  • Escaped anti-gay murderer found hanged in his cell after recapture

    Murderer Lee Dewhurst was found hanged in his cell on Sunday 1st October.

    12:00 AM — A murderer who absconded from an open prison has been found dead in his cell after being recaptured.Lee Dewhurst, who was convicted of killing a gay man in 1992, was found hanged in his cell on Sunday 1st October. He was discovered by staff at Bristol Prison at 2pm, who tried to resuscitate him.

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